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Have the Manic Street Preachers made their final album?

Manic Street Preachers won the Inspiration award at Wednesday’s Q Awards, 25 years after releasing their debut album, Generation Terrorists. Michael Sheen presented the award, paraphrasing the lyrics to Design For Life, saying: “Libraries gave us power and this band gave us power!” But speaking to the BBC, bassist Nicky Wire said he “didn’t know” whether the band would ever release another album. “I’m in a funny place,” he said. “I’ve kind of given up listening to music.” “There’s lots of good music out there – St Vincent is great,…

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Beck: My last album won Kanye over

“Hello, it’s Beck..,” drawls a Southern Californian voice down the phone from a hotel room somewhere in leafy Kent. Having shaken off the LA jetlag that threatened to ruin a joyous secret gig near London Bridge on Sunday night, the 47-year-old is on fine form ahead of his appearance on Later… with Jools and happy to look back and laugh about Kanye West interrupting his Grammy award acceptance speech. The rapper famously stormed the stage in 2015 after Beck’s last record, Morning Phase, pipped Beyonce’s self-titled compilation to best album,…

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